voter marginalization is a huge problem here - i know (and have felt as one) many voters who simply don't vote because it doesn't typically matter. like in this case, where a viable candidate will have no chance of winning simply because only the 2 primary parties will get a) money b) media coverage c) anything else pertinent to success in an election d) all of the above
so, sure there's a ton of idiots out there - but, giving them more "options" doesn't necessarily provide them with information they need to make them intelligent voters. our electorate system was set in-place for a number of reasons, but one was because of the speed at which information travels to the population. it's horribly out-dated for that aspect. the other major reason was electoral power of high-population areas (i.e. rural vs urban), which i think is partially out-dated. it still makes sense, as rural voters should not be drowned out by the screaming masses of city-dwellers, but i think there's better ways to handle it.
unfortunately, until the electoral system is re-worked a bit, there's not much of a chance for somebody to come into the election and win it. rather, they will almostalways "steal" votes from another contender, and make it easier for the other "big party" candidate to win. typically this is the incumbant...so, at this point in time it's very likely that obama will still be in office. which a significant portion of "blame" can be attributed simply to the system, not necessarily the voters (or non-voters).
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